- 1 hr 29 min
Set in the late 1960s, Nightmare is a psychological thriller that follows the story of Janet Ludlow (played by Anne Baxter), a wealthy woman who begins experiencing recurring nightmares that seem to blur the lines between reality and her imagination. Struggling to keep a grip on her sanity, Janet seeks the help of a series of psychiatrists in an attempt to get to the root of her nightmares.
As she delves deeper into the harrowing world of her dreams, Janet begins to uncover a dark and disturbing past that threatens to unravel her present-day life. Her husband, George (played by Gig Young), tries to be supportive, but as the nightmares become more intense, their marriage begins to crumble under the pressure.
As Janet's mental state deteriorates, she becomes increasingly convinced that there is something sinister going on, and that her nightmares may hold the key to unraveling a larger mystery. With the help of a handsome doctor (played by Patrick O'Neal), she sets out to uncover the truth and put an end to her nightmarish visions.
The film's setting is an enigma, as it is never really clear whether the characters are in the midst of a waking nightmare or whether they are truly experiencing the strange events they describe. The film relies heavily on mood and tension to build suspense, and the director uses inventive camera work to create a sense of unease and confusion.
Gig Young delivers an excellent performance as the beleaguered husband, frustrated by his wife's increasingly erratic behavior. Anne Baxter, best known for her role as Eve in All About Eve, is equally compelling as the beleaguered Janet. The film's supporting cast is equally strong, with Patrick O'Neal standing out in particular as the moody, intense doctor.
Overall, Nightmare is a disturbing and haunting film that never quite lets the audience know what is real and what is imagined. The film's atmospheric tone and powerful performances make it a must-see for fans of psychological thrillers.
Nightmare is a 1968 mystery with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.7.